Please take a quick moment to read Jonathan’s very well put post about the new face of British Currency and the new five Dollar Bill.
The great thing about the British coins is that they form a sort of puzzle: http://www.royalmint.com/newdesigns/designsRevealed.aspx
In defense of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, at least it’s not a gigantic purple Arial number 5.
Hey! I just wanted to say that!
One of the most interesting articles I’ve read on the new British coins is here:
I really like them, but do agree with a couple of niggles pointed out by in the above link: there aren’t any numerals, which is a potential usability issue; and Wales is missing, the complete shield (as pictured on the £1 coin) features England, Scotland, Ireland, and England again. (Which is a bit odd considering the designer is Welsh and the coins were produced in Llantrisant!) Also, the designed set leaves the £2 coin somewhat in limbo, which is surprising.
As far as the $5 bill goes, I’m pretty sure that’s not Arial as the end of the 5′s stroke where the counter opens is completely horizontal. (Arial is somewhat easy to spot by always having a slight angle here; Helvetica tends to be flat.)
I admit ignorance of the old coin design, but I wonder if these new ones (which I think are beautifully done, by the way) are easier for sight-impaired people to use? The polygons are a nice aesthetic and functional aspect, for instance…
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